The Handbook of Rural Studies represents the vitality and theoretical innovation at work in rural studies. It shows how political economy and the "cultural turn" have led to very significant new thinking in the cultural representations of: rurality; nature; sustainability; new economies; power and rurality; new consumerism; and exclusion and rurality.It is organized in three sections: approaches to rural studies; rural research: key theoretical co-ordinates and new rural relations.In a rich and textured discussion, the Handbook of Rural Studies explains the key moments in which the theorization of culture, nature, politics, agency, and space in rural contexts have transmitted ideas back into wider social science.

Non-Human Rural Studies

Non-human rural studies


Non-human rural studies represent approaches to conceptualizing and studying the rural which work upon the idea that ‘the rural’ (or any other ‘social’ phenomenon for that matter), is not formed and practised by human presences, actions and agencies alone. Rather, such formations are woven from the disparate beings, processes and materialities of the world, and the forces that shape them include differing forms of agency which can be variously described as non-human agency, relational agency or collective agency. Another way of putting it is that the world, or parts of it (in this case, ‘the rural’), or specific elements of ‘the rural’, are co-constituted by a wide range of actors working in some form of hybrid, relational arrangement. This means ...

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